Series features talk about sculpture

Mother/Child; Shared Secrets is among local artist Kath Girdler Engler's works.

Artist Kath Girdler Engler has chosen The Syntax of Objects as the title for her talk Friday in the Art at Lunch series at the Morris Museum of Art. She will discuss her unique sculptural creations, both freestanding and wall-hung, in which she combines a variety of artistic media, natural elements and found or collected objects.


The lunch will be catered by New York Butcher Shoppe. Paid reservations are a day overdue, but check with the museum, (706) 828-3876, in the event that space is still available.

Engler's commissioned works are in several public collections in the area, including a bronze fountain sculpture for the YWCA. Among her most frequently seen sculptures are the monumental outdoor bronze titled Navigating History , at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, The Nature of Healing , at the MCG Children's Medical Center, and Cultural Triad , at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at Augusta State University. She also has works in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

AT THE AIKEN CENTER for the Arts , several of the exhibits are ending their run within the next couple of days. The shows by Nanette Langner, Bettina Ruckelshaus, Michelle Petty and Bob Doster will come down after tomorrow. Staying on through March 31 are the Diana Hunt exhibit and the show featuring works by Mead Hall students.

Hunt, exhibiting in the Aiken Artists Guild Gallery, has been a travel photojournalist and magazine editor, and has had her words and photos published in national and regional travel and equestrian publications. Her exhibit is titled The Soul of the Horse.

NEXT UP at the Aiken Center for the Arts : A short-term showing of the WPA Ellis Island Mural recreated by artist Andrew Sabori and students from the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas and Pahrum Valley High School. The original mural, titled The Role of the Immigrant in the Industrial Development of America , was destroyed by a storm in the 1950s. The reproduction is on tour, and was most recently seen at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Columbia County. It will be in Aiken beginning Monday-April 4.

Opening April Fools Day in Aiken will be an exhibit by Marcia Bergholt . On April 5, shows featuring work by Amy Dobbs, Leslie Hutto and Ruthanne Baverle will also open. There will be a gallery reception April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

AT SACRED HEART Cultural Center , paintings by Bea Kuhlke remain on display in the art hall, and at Frameworks and Tire City Pottery , A 10-Year Story: Works by Robert Bazemore are on exhibit through April 15.

ARTIST PAT TANTE is showing her collaged works in the Goodbooks Café at the Goodwill complex on Washington Road at Fury's Ferry Road.

LOOKING AHEAD: Mark your calendars for several non-tax-related events on April 15. A show by internationally known Mexican artist Rocio Maldonado will open at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art . She will be in town for a monthlong artist residency. Dorothy Fletcher Eckmann will be showing her fiber art in the Creel Harison Gallery at the institute, and both shows will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Earlier that day, an unusual Art at Lunch program is planned at the Morris Museum of Art. Sweet Tea, White Gloves and Alligators: Poetry from the Augusta Authors Club will feature Starkey Flythe, Michael Lythgoe, Betsy Weir and other member poets reading from their works. Al's Family Restaurant is providing the lunch, and paid reservations are due April 13.

Rounding out the evening will be the annual Undercover Artists fundraising event at Walton Rehabilitation Center . Lots of paintings by accomplished artists and community personalities will be available for purchase. Signature artist for the event is Mark Kelvin Horton from Charleston, S.C.

ELSEWHERE: Philip Morsberger is doing another exhibit in conjunction with sculptor Anita Huffington . This time it's on display at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas, Texas. Should you find yourself in the Dallas area, the show will be up through April 23.

GALLERY RFD UPDATE: A little over a year ago, Gallery RFD closed its doors in Swainsboro, Ga., but recent correspondence from Anthony Faris and Timothy Bryan Ghiloni indicates that creativity is still alive and thriving in rural areas. For instance, according to their e-mailed letter, four artists in Southeast Georgia have created a site to inspire creativity through weekly art assignments. Artists are expected to create new works each week based on the given subject, media and due date. The work is uploaded to a Web site each Sunday night. Pretty nifty idea.

THE STILLMOREROOTS GROUP is hosting its ninth annual Art in the Woods exhibit in Stillmore, Ga., on Saturday with live music from 3 to 5 p.m. and an artists' talk at 4 p.m. Visit